Egyptian defender Elmagraby and South Korean defensive midfielder Tae-Min arrived in Dhaka on August 1 and joined the AFC Cup training camp immediately
The six-time Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani Limited finalized their squad for the AFC Cup knockout stages with only a couple of new inclusions in the likes of their two new foreign recruits -Alaaeldin Nasr Eissa Elmagraby and Lee Tae-Min.
Egyptian defender Elmagraby and South Korean defensive midfielder Tae-Min arrived in Dhaka on August 1 and joined the AFC Cup training camp immediately.
Tuesday night was the deadline day of the second transfer window of the AFC Cup and Abahani were expected to submit their final list without the in-form Afghanistan defender Masih Saighani, who scored highest three goals for the club during the group stages, as he is reportedly joining Indian outfits Chennaiyin FC. Brazilian versatile defender Wellington Priori was earlier declared out of the squad.
But Abahani’s Portugese coach Mario Lemos was hopeful despite missing those two key players.
“Masih is a good player and he did very well for us in the AFC Cup but I believe Eissa can have the same impact. Masih is going to Chennaiyin and we must move on and prepare this match with our new players.” said Lemos yesterday.
The Sky Blues can take inspiration from their tremendous performance in the group round that ended on June 26 as they played all the matches without their top local defender Topu Barman, four matches without defensive midfielder Atiqur Rahman Fahad and three matches without Wellington due to injury and yet won four matches and drew one.
Abahani, who became the first Bangladesh club to qualify for the AFC Cup knockout stage, will host the North Korean club, April 25 in the first leg of the inter-zone semifinal play-offs on August 21 before travelling to Korea for the away game on August 28.